The Khadr’s, Canada’s First Family of Terror, are a despicable lot. Not a year goes by without one of them appearing on the front pages, living out their Islamist customs and traditions. This time it’s Abdulkareem Khadr, the son of patriarch Ahmed, who was killed in a firefight near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. Abdulkareem was left paralyzed from a bullet to his spine in this same firefight and after returning to Canada, now finds himself charged with sexual assault of a minor.
From The National Post
Khadr son charged with sexual assualt
Abdulkareem Khadr in 2008. Khadr, partially paralyzed after a firefight in Pakistan, is facing charges of sexual assault
Stewart Bell, National Post · Tuesday, Jun. 15, 2010
TORONTO — The partially paralyzed son of the late Canadian al-Qaeda associate Ahmed Said Khadr has been arrested in Toronto for alleged sexual exploitation of a minor.
Abdulkareem Ahmed Khadr, 21, was arrested 10 days ago by Toronto Police and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 15.
“He has been charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation,” Constable Tony Vella, a police spokesman, said on Monday. The alleged victim was a minor but is now 18 years of age, Const. Vella said.
Reached at the family apartment on Monday, Mr. Khadr said: “Don’t worry about it. I’m pretty sure the law is going to do what it’s supposed to do.”
The arrest is the latest chapter in the saga of the Khadrs, Canadian citizens who once lived in the same compound as Osama bin Laden but fled Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
The family patriarch, Amhed Khadr, crossed into Pakistan, where he was killed in a shootout with Pakistani security forces in 2003. His son Omar is at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, accused of killing a U.S. soldier.
Another son, Abdullah, is in Toronto awaiting extradition to the United States, where he has been charged with smuggling weapons to the Taliban and al-Qaeda, while son Abdurahman has said his father tried to recruit him to become a suicide bomber.
The fifth of six Khadr children, Abdulkareem, who was born in Pakistan, was present when his father was killed near the Afghanistan border. Then 14, Abdulkareem took a bullet to the spine and is paralyzed from the waist down.
He returned to Toronto in 2004 using an emergency passport issued by the Canadian government. At the time, Stockwell Day, then an opposition MP and now International Trade Minister, said the Khadrs had lost the right to call themselves Canadians.
“They’ve expressed their allegiance to the principles of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden,” Mr. Day said. “That alone should be grounds to have their citizenship revoked.”
The mother denies the family has ties to al-Qaeda.
In 2006, Abdulkareem turned up in Brampton, Ont., to watch bail hearings for the Toronto 18 terrorists who plotted truck bomb attacks in southern Ontario. Two years later, he took part in a protest outside the United States consulate in Toronto to call for the release of his brother Omar.
On Monday, Abdulkareem said he was arrested at a police station in suburban Scarborough on June 4. “I went to go see what they were talking about, talk to them and that’s it,” he said. “They gave me the papers and whatnot and that’s it, they let me go.”
Mr. Khadr said he was unsure whether he would have to appear in court next month. “I might not need to appear, I might need to appear, it doesn’t matter,” he said. Asked if he meant the case might be resolved or the charges dropped before that date, he said, “yes.”
His sister Zaynab said she was unaware of any charges.
“He hasn’t been charged with anything, if there was any charges believe me I’d know about it,” she said on Monday. “I don’t know about any of that and believe me I would have known, I have a minor in the house.”